Monday, 4 April 2016

Using Turmeric to Ease Aches & Pains {Guest Post}


Today's post is brought to you by Jacques Duplantier, owner of Corrina’s Corner.  We sometimes share naughty treat ideas here on the blog, but all things in moderation - we couldn't be more serious about the need to maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle for your pets.  As the owner of two Dalmatians (notoriously sensitive) including one senior, I am always trying to sneak in added value to their diet.  I want these boys to have the best quality of life that they can, and for as long as possible.  I started sneaking turmeric into treats a while back, so when Jacques offered to share his method of adding it to meals with our readers, I was happy to accept.  So happy in fact, that I tried it myself before posting and it worked beautifully - see notes at the end of this post.  

DIY Turmeric Powder To Ease Your Pet’s Aches and Pains 
Golden Milk, Golden Paste, and Golden Powder 

Turmeric is a root that has been used for thousands of years by many cultures for its potent anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. You may be familiar with Golden Milk, an herbal beverage that people drink to fight colds, flus, depression and more. You may have also heard of Golden Paste: a turmeric and coconut oil based paste that offers the same healing properties.

Our lovable mutt, Corrina, is a bit of picky eater. With a severe food allergy, who can blame her! She eats a raw food diet to alleviate her allergies, but she’s no spring chicken, and we could tell her joints were bothering her. We were looking for a natural way to help ease her aches and pains when we came across the Golden Paste recipes; however; turmeric has a bitter taste and Corrina wasn’t interested. So we decided to give the standard Golden Paste recipe a redux, and it’s worked like a charm!

We found that our "powdered" version of Golden Paste was easier to use, not as messy, and was more palatable for picky dogs. The results of Corrina regularly getting her Golden Powder were immediately visible. She can get up from lying down much easier, she can go up stairs quicker, and she can even jump on the bed again (something she hasn’t done in years!). Golden Powder Recipe What do you have to lose? Try the recipe now! 

Magic in the making!  Collaged images courtesy of Jacques and Corrina's Corner.
*** A Quick Word of Caution: Turmeric stains EVERYTHING. EVERYTHING! If you don’t wear gloves your hands will be bright yellow for a few days, and it DOES NOT wash out of clothes. ***  
  • Take equal parts coconut oil and powdered turmeric plus one teaspoon of black pepper per cup of other ingredients (aids in absorption of the circuminoids in turmeric).
  • Put all the ingredients into a small sauce pan and heat over a low flame until it forms a runny paste.
  • Pour the paste into a container that can serve as a mold.
  • Place the container in the refrigerator where it will harden into a solid block.
  • Remove the now solid turmeric and coconut oil block from the container and grate it on the small side of a box grater.
  • The resulting "powder" should be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator to keep the coconut oil in its solid state.
  • For use: 1 teaspoon per 30 lbs. of dog per day. Sprinkle over food and stir it in. 

About the guest author: Jacques Duplantier owns Corrina’s Corner in Decatur, GA -- a raw pet food processor and delivery service. He switched Corrina to a raw food diet years ago, and she responded so well that everyone wanted to know what his secret was. The rest, as they say, is history. Learn more at http://corrinascorner.com


Notes from Dalmatian DIY: It was very warm here (coconut oil nearly liquid at room temperature) when I made my turmeric powder from Jacques' recipe, so I froze my solidified paste to make sure I could grate it before it re-melted, and it worked a treat, even with my larger grater (see pics above).  I keep mine in a stain-resistant glass jar in the refrigerator for dinner-time sprinkles. Our dogs love it.  Thanks, Jacques!  Remember, some dogs have special dietary requirements and/or food allergies/intolerances. If you are ever in doubt, have a chat with your vet 

10 comments:

  1. This might sound like a weird question because dogs seem to eat almost anything but do dogs like turmeric or do you need to hide the powder?

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    1. Not weird at all! It's a great question! Dogs also have their individual likes and dislikes, and turmeric has a strong taste so it can be an issue, as Jacques mentioned in his post about the struggle to get Corrina to take turmeric.

      Personally, I have never given my dogs turmeric without the added flavour enticement of a treat or food, but my dogs actually seem to love it as an add-in. They will come sniffing about and look for lickable used spoons in the dishwasher (which I take as a definite sign) if left ajar. They seem to be enjoying their new dinner sprinkles from this recipe, too.

      It's hard for us to imagine that something gross like cat poop or dead thing could be a sought after delicacy while something that we would consider totally edible like a carrot stick or green bean might be spit out as "nasty" by some dogs. :)

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    2. Cat poop! It's like you are reading my dog's mind. BOL. This makes me much more confident about trying some treat recipes. I'm not a great cook but hey, poop! :-)

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    3. Hehe. :) Go for it, Susan!

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  2. Me again. Do you also raw feed your two dogs?

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    1. Hi Susan, our dogs are currently mix fed with a combination of commercial dog food and homemade food (plus treats of course) in a structured meal schedule. Unfortunately, there are no trusty local providers like Jacques in our area, so we make our own.

      Our homemade food ingredients are usually cooked (bones and the occasional meaty treat excluded), for both personal and health reasons. We aren't at all anti-raw or anything like that, it just works better for our situation. We have gorgeous and healthy raw-fed dog friends! If you are keen, do check out Jacques' blog and research with some knowledgeable resources (message if you'd like some links).

      Commercial, raw, or cooked, Dalmatians are safest when kept on a low purine diet due to a breed specific metabolism issue, so ingredients like turkey and chicken are staples instead of the red meats and organs that would otherwise be great for doggy diets. It is difficult to buy quality commercial food, as many of the best foods are build with high(er) purine ingredients which is a-ok for other dogs. They do get to enjoy some meats raw, like lamb - which they love - and the occasional beefy treat. We also use a higher ratio of non-meat ingredients like veggies, fruits, dairy, egg, etc than many other diets. Again, its all about purine and urinary heath. When I package things up for the freezer, it is a combo of cooked meat, cooked and part-cooked veggies/fruits(digestibility), raw veggies, plus any add-ins like kelp powder, etc. If we are including something like brown rice, I make it every few days for the fridge. A freezer-space vs. convenience compromise. :)

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  3. My dog loves this and I think it is helping her but it was very messy making it. Do you have the same problem or am I doing something wrong or maybe a suggestion to help if I make it again?

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    1. I completely get where you're coming from - I definitely have the same problem. Unfortunately, I haven't found a way to make things any less messy (if anyone reads this and has tips, please let us know!) but I have found away to at least make it manageable. We've been making and giving this to the boys ever since Jacques shared the guest post instructions and I think it's been good. You can try golden paste (the liquidy version) but that's less convenient to use, needs to be made more often, and our dogs seem to LOVE their sprinkles, so we keep making it as above, mess and all.

      Things seem to go ok for me until the grating stage, as long as I use stain resistant cookware/bowls, it's the grating that's really messy. I wear a pair of disposable gloves (a necessary evil)to prevent orange hands and use a big old towel (will stain) to cover the counter top so I can catch any flying bits for easy clean up. I wash/clean everything as used as quickly as possible afterwards. As simple as it sounds, the towel trick saves me so much frustration. Now it's pretty tidy work. I also like to make it in big batches (I freeze some) so I don't need to do it as often. I hope that helps!

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  4. It is important to let them taste how different food tastes like.

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    1. Variety is the spice of life! :)

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